Come together and join us in person at Westchester’s Annual Pacesetter. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate UJA’s impact in our community with you, our most generous leaders and donors.
We’ll not only connect with old friends and celebrate our dynamic community, we’ll have a private, virtual conversation with award-winning author, historian, and renowned scholar of the Holocaust and modern antisemitism, Professor Deborah Lipstadt. Recently nominated to the position of Special Envoy to Combat Antisemitism with the rank of Ambassador, Dr. Lipstadt will join us virtually to discuss the surging antisemitism around the globe and what she hopes to accomplish in her new role.
UJA president, Amy Bressman will also join us and we'll hear about UJA’s recent work fighting antisemitism and responding to the ongoing needs created by the pandemic.
We are delighted to invite your adult children and grandchildren as our guests to Pacesetter 2022.
This event is intended for donors who make an individual or family gift of $10,000 or more to UJA-Federation’s 2022 Annual Campaign.
UJA policy requires that all event attendees be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Children under the age of 12 are required to wear masks. Please bring proof of your Covid-19 vaccination to the event. This event will be held in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, including local, state, and CDC guidelines, to protect the health and welfare of our staff and guests.
Westchester King David Society Chairs
Karen and Edward Friedman
Caren Osten Gerszberg and Richard Gerszberg
Westchester Women’s King David Society Chair
Joshua Society Chairs
Mindy and Andrew Feldman
Juli and Dan Karson
Westchester Women’s Ruby Chair
Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot professor of Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, has published and taught about the Holocaust and antisemitism for close to 40 years. Professor Lipstadt’s book Antisemitism: Here and Now was published to stellar reviews and awarded the 2019 National Jewish Book Award. Publisher’s Weekly described it as “measured and carefully noninflammatory. intelligent and evenhanded.” Kirkus described it as a “tour de force.” The book has already appeared in a German and Hebrew translation and will appear in Polish, Italian, and French.
She is frequently called upon by Congress to testify and consult on contemporary antisemitism. She testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee in February 2020 on contemporary antisemitism and potential responses by the United States.
She served as the 2019-2020 Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.
She is probably most widely known because of the libel lawsuit brought against her (1996) by David Irving for having called him a Holocaust denier. Irving then was then arguably the world’s leading denier.
After a ten-week trial in London (2000), in an overwhelming victory for Professor Lipstadt, the judge found Irving to be a “pro-Nazi polemicist” who “perverts” history and engages in “racist” and “anti-Semitic” discourse. The London Daily Telegraph described the trial as having "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." The Times of London described it as "history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory." According to The New York Times, the trial "put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler."
Her TED talk about the trial has received 1.5 million views. The movie Denial, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkenson with a screenplay by David Hare, tells the story of this legal battle. It is based on her book History on Trial: My Day in Court With A Holocaust Denier (Harper Collins 2006) and recently reissued as Denial (Harper Collins 2016). The film was nominated for a BAFTA as one of the best British films of the year.
Professor Lipstadt has written Holocaust: An American Understanding (Rutgers, 2016) which explores how America has understood and interpreted the Holocaust since 1945.
Her book The Eichmann Trial (Schocken/Nextbook 2011) published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Eichmann trial, was called by Publisher’s Weekly, “a penetrating and authoritative dissection of a landmark case and its after effects.” The New York Times Book Review described Deborah Lipstadt as having “done a great service by… recovering the event as a gripping legal drama, as well as a hinge moment in Israel’s history and in the world’s delayed awakening to the magnitude of the Holocaust.”
She has also published Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust (Free Press, 1986) which surveys what the American press wrote about the persecution of the Jews in the years 1933-1945.
She is currently writing a biography of Golda Meir for the Yale University Press Jewish Lives series. She is also co-writing with Erica Brown a book on forgiving entitled Sorry Not Sorry.
She has taught for the Wexner Foundation in all its programs for over thirty years.
At Emory Professor Lipstadt directs the website known as HDOT (Holocaust Denial on Trial/ www.hdot.org) which contains a complete archive of the proceedings of Irving v. Penguin UK and Deborah Lipstadt. It also provides answers to frequent claims made by deniers.
In 2019 she won the Emory Mentorship award and in 2020 the Exemplary Teaching award. Both of these are university-wide awards and only one is given each year. Lipstadt has won the Emery Williams Teaching Award. She was selected for the award by alumni as the teacher who had most influenced them.
Professor Lipstadt was an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American response to the Holocaust.
She has held presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (from Presidents Clinton and Obama) and was asked by President George W. Bush to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
She has lectured in a wide variety of places including West Point, Sydney Opera House, Swedish Foreign Ministry, Melbourne Writers Festival, Hay on Wye Writers Festival, among many others.
She is frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Forward, and Tablet. She regularly appears on BBC, CNN, NPR, and PBS among many others.